Abe Denies Involvement in Controversial Dinner Event

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday again denied his offices' involvement in a controversial dinner event held for his supporters on the eve of an annual cherry blossom-viewing party hosted by him.

Speaking to reporters, Abe said that neither his personal office nor his group for supporters received any money from participants in the dinner event for related costs including travel and accommodation.

"We didn't issue receipts" to the participants and there was no paperwork detailing the expenses and the number of participants in the event, he said.

Abe said some 800 people participated in the dinner and that most of them attended the government-funded party the following day.

On the opposition camp's request that the prime minister explain the matter before parliament, Abe said he leaves all parliamentary affairs to his Liberal Democratic Party.

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